Horror in the dark woods
It's been eight years since artist and single mom Rebecca Underhill was abducted and left to die in an old broken down house located in the middle of the dark woods. But even if her abductor, Joseph William Whalen, has since been killed, another, more insidious evil is once more out to get her in the form of the Skinner. The son of an abusive butcher, Skinner intends on finishing the job Whalen started but failed at.
How is he going to get to Rebecca?
He's going to do it through her children, by luring them into the cornfield behind the old farmhouse they live in.
Horror in the depths
Now, armed with the knowledge that the Skinner has escaped incarceration at a downstate facility for the criminally insane, Rebecca must face the most horrifying challenge of her adult life: rescuing the children not from a house in the woods, but from the abandoned tunnels that run underneath her property.
But the Skinner is watching Rebecca's every move.
The horrifying question is, will she live long enough to save the children?
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When I began this audio book, I was unaware that I was listening book 2 of a trilogy (I am silly, I know) so I was a bit confused throughout the beginning. Though I didn't start the trilogy at the beginning, ultimately I was able to understand what as going on and found the story to be thrilling and hard to put down! I am now very interested in going back to hear the first one and then on to the third! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a strong female protagonist and a good mystery/thriller. Zandri weaves an enthralling tale while Evie Cameron delivers a fantastic voice performance. 10/10
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Tad B.
An entertaining and enjoyable story. I would definitely listen to the series the order. I was a little lost in the beginning, but the story gives you enough details from the first book to fill in the blanks fairly quickly. The story pulls you in from the start and keeps your attention until the end.
The story is full of suspense and creepiness that builds continuously keeping you on edge never knowing what to expect. The really intense action, violence and gore happen farther into the story, more towards the last quarter of the book.
Rebecca is a survivor. She has been through more than most could handle. She's a strong, independent woman but then there were also several things/decisions that made Rebecca come across as not the sharpest crayon in the box and one of those characters that’s TSTL at times. So one minute your rooting for her and the next your thinking. Seriously? Really? Why would you do that?
Skinner is one of those Villains/Psycho's that will stick with you and have you thinking about long after the story is over.
It will definitely make you think twice before running into a cornfield. You never know what could be in there. It's a great hiding place.
This is not the first time I have listened to a book Evie Cameron has narrated. She does a good job with the narration. Her voice fit the main character and sounded age appropriate. There isn't a lot of difference between her character voices in this book. Still her voice is easy to listen to for long periods of time and the narration is clearly spoken with a nice even pace. A bit more difference in the character voices, especially Skinner's and the more intense moments of the story would have been nice though.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.